Regional Freight Mobility Plan

After a year’s worth of research and gathering feedback, we are proud to release our Central Midlands Freight Mobility Plan with Maps, Appendix A: Existing Conditions Report, Appendix B: Economic Brochure, Appendix C: Land Use Analysis, Appendix D: Best Practices, Appendix E: Performance Measures, Appendix F: Priority Projects, and Appendix G: Public Information.

Working Together

Streamline project planning, review, permitting, and approvals. Facilitate multi-jurisdictional, multimodal collaboration, and solutions. Improve coordination between public and private sectors. Ensure availability of better data and freight transportation models. Develop the next generation freight transportation workforce

Target location of freight land uses

Encourage re-use and infill of existing freight land uses. Focus future industrial development in existing freight land uses/brownfields/greenfields adjacect to existing freight network corridors, to every extent possible.

 

Using Data to Improve Trucking

Technology, including Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and 511 systems as well as Truck Parking Information and Management Systems, can be tweaked and effectively used to offer relevant information for freight users with truck routes or to monitor truck parking availability and provide real-time information to drivers looking for rest stops.

 

Safety Improvements

Improve the safety and security of the transportation system by implementing transportation improvements that reduce fatalities and serious injuries as well as enabling effective emergency management operations.

 

Truck Routes

Review existing truck route designations as well as truck prohibited areas and overlay with freight generators and emerging industrial areas. Balance increased connectivity to freight facilities with decreased overlap with conflicting land uses or facilities. Get feedback from truck route users and other stakeholders.

 

Postive Train Control

Positive train control (PTC) refers to technologies designed to automatically stop or slow a train before certain accidents occur. PTC is designed to prevent collisions between trains and derailments caused by excessive speed, trains operating beyond their limits of authority, incursions by trains on tracks under repair, and by trains moving over switches left in the wrong position.

 

Education

Create educational messages, presentations, and public service announcements about safe practices living, traveling, and working around truck, rail, and airplane freight traffic.

 

Rail Corridors and Industry

Cities, towns, and regions can preserve rail corridors in existing industrial areas and make sure future industrial land uses are located near rail lines to ensure adequate rail access in the future and promote mode shift.

 

Explore Truck Platooning Technology

Truck platooning refers to technologies that wirelessly connect several trucks so that they can closely follow one another on the highway, achieving fuel savings and operational benefits. The lead truck has a driver, although it can potentially be operating in a semi-autonomous mode; following trucks typically have a driver controlling the steering while giving over acceleration and braking to an automated system. Monitor the development of Truck Platooning and look for opportunities to participate in pilot tests, for example with port-driven truck freight using I-26.

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